56 days in Texas Itinerary

56 days in Texas Itinerary

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56 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Waco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Glen Rose
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Brenham
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
4
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
5
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Lubbock
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Abilene
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
8
Big Bend National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Fort Davis
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
10
Fredericksburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
San Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Austin
— 7 nights
End: Austin

4
nights
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Mayborn Museum Complex and Hearne Railroad Museum Depot will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Camp Hearne and Fort Parker State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Fort Parker (in Groesbeck) and Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site (in Mexia). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, catch some excitement at Brazos Bluffs Stables, identify plant and animal life at Carleen Bright Arboretum, and view the masterpieces at Painting with a Twist.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Waco attractions planner.

Austin to Waco is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Austin in April, Waco is a bit cooler at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Glen Rose.

Things to do in Waco

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hearne, Mexia, Carleen Bright Arboretum, Old Fort Parker
Highlights from your plan
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Fort Parker State Park ©
Fort Parker State Park
Painting with a Twist ©
Painting with a Twist

4
nights
Glen Rose

Glen Rose ©
Glen Rose is a city in and the county seat of Somervell County, Texas, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Dinosaur Valley State Park and Paluxy River. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brennan Vineyards and Meridian State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glen Rose: Stephenville Historical House Museum (in Stephenville), Comanche County Historical Museum (in Comanche) and Bluff Dale Vineyards (in Bluff Dale). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, take an in-depth tour of Dublin Historical Museum, and examine the collection at Somervell County Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Glen Rose trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Waco to Glen Rose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Glen Rose sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Brenham.

Things to do in Glen Rose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Comanche, Dublin, Meridian State Park, Bluff Dale Vineyards, Stephenville Historical House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Dinosaur Valley State Park ©
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Stephenville Historical House Museum ©
Meridian State Park ©
Meridian State Park

4
nights
Brenham

Brenham ©
Brenham is a city in east-central Texas in Washington County, United States, with a population of 15,716 according to the 2010 U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Washington-on-the-Brazos and Burton Cotton Gin and Museum. Let the collections at Blue Bell Creameries and Copper Shade Tree Gallery capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brenham: Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center (in La Grange), Whistling Duck Winery (in Weimar) and Schulenburg (St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. Mary's Church High Hill, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Union Station Transportation Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Martins Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Winedale Historical Center, and do a tasting at Saddlehorn Winery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Brenham day trip app .

You can drive from Glen Rose to Brenham in 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Brenham can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Brenham

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Schulenburg, Burton, Round Top, Washington, Union Station Transportation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Blue Bell Creameries ©
Blue Bell Creameries
Washington-on-the-Brazos ©
Washington-on-the-Brazos
St Martins Catholic Church ©
St Martins Catholic Church

2
nights
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna Madre Nature Trail and Gladys Porter Zoo. Escape the urban bustle at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, trot along with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc..

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island holiday maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Brenham to South Padre Island with the Route module. Traveling from Brenham in April, South Padre Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Brownsville, South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston ©
An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galveston Railroad Museum and Moody Mansion. Bishop's Palace and Ashton Villa will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at El Jardin Del Mar, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and see the interesting displays at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Galveston trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Galveston are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lubbock.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trip

Texas City Dike
Highlights from your plan
Galveston Railroad Museum ©
Galveston Railroad Museum
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Lubbock

Lubbock ©
Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. Let the collections at National Ranching Heritage Center and Silent Wings Museum capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and The Rawls Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Lubbock: Post (Garza County Historical Museum & OS Ranch Foundation Museum). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Buddy Holly Center, get to know the fascinating history of Buddy Holly Statue and West Texas Walk of Fame, and explore and take pictures at Jones AT&T Stadium @ Texas Tech University.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lubbock sightseeing planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to Lubbock in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Galveston in April since evenings lows in Lubbock dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Abilene.

Things to do in Lubbock

Museums Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Post, Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Science Spectrum Museum ©
Science Spectrum Museum
National Ranching Heritage Center ©
National Ranching Heritage Center
Silent Wings Museum ©
Silent Wings Museum

4
nights
Abilene

Abilene ©
Abilene is a city in Taylor and Jones counties in West Texas, United States. Get some historical perspective at Old Jail Art Center and The Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. Frontier Texas! and Taylor County History Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Abilene: Sweetwater (Pioneer City County Museum & National WASP WWII Museum), Fort Chadbourne (in Bronte) and Fort Griffin State Historical Park (in Albany). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Abilene Zoo, see the interesting displays at National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, appreciate the history behind Jacob's Dream Sculpture, and do a tasting at Winery at willow creek.

To find out how to plan a trip to Abilene, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lubbock to Abilene takes 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lubbock in April since evenings lows in Abilene dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Abilene

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sweetwater, Albany, Taylor County History Center, Fort Chadbourne
Highlights from your plan
Frontier Texas! ©
Frontier Texas!
National WASP WWII Museum ©
National WASP WWII Museum
Taylor County History Center ©
Taylor County History Center

5
nights
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Balanced Rock and Boquillas Canyon. Take a break from the city and head to Chisos Mountains and Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. There's much more to do: trek along The Window Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Dug Out Wells Picnic Area and Nature Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Mine Trail, and admire the sheer force of Cattail Falls Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Bend National Park trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Abilene to Big Bend National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Abilene in May, expect Big Bend National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 93°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Davis.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail

3
nights
Fort Davis

Fort Davis ©
Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Davis National Historic Site and Calera Chapel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden and Balmorhea State Park. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Davis Mountains State Park, trek along Madera Canyon Hiking Trail, admire the striking features of Presidio County Courthouse, and look for gifts at Davis Mt. Broom Shop.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fort Davis trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Big Bend National Park to Fort Davis in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Big Bend National Park in May; daily highs in Fort Davis reach 82°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Fort Davis

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Toyahvale, Presidio County Courthouse
Highlights from your plan
Davis Mountains State Park ©
Davis Mountains State Park
Balmorhea State Park ©
Balmorhea State Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site

5
nights
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Museum of Western Art and Willow City Loop. Escape the urban bustle at Inks Lake State Park and Longhorn Cavern State Park. Step out of Fredericksburg with an excursion to Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool--about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, admire the majestic nature at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Fredericksburg day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Davis to Fredericksburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Fort Davis in May, Fredericksburg is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kerrville, Hye, Stonewall, Burnet, Lost Maples State Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Pioneer Museum Complex ©
Pioneer Museum Complex
Lost Maples State Natural Area ©
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site

5
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Let the collections at Briscoe Western Art Museum and Institute of Texan Cultures capture your imagination. Mission Trail and King William Historic District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from San Antonio: New Braunfels (Landa Park, Barn Pottery, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at San Antonio Museum of Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Little Church of La Villita, and get engrossed in the history at The Guenther House Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, San Antonio is somewhat warmer than Fredericksburg - with highs of 87°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

New Braunfels
Highlights from your plan
St Joseph Catholic Church ©
St Joseph Catholic Church
Briscoe Western Art Museum ©
Briscoe Western Art Museum
San Antonio Museum of Art ©
San Antonio Museum of Art

7
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dick's Classic Garage and The Blanton Museum of Art. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hamilton Pool Preserve and Inner Space Cavern. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Austin: Pedernales Falls State Park (in Johnson City), Gonzales (Texas Heroes Square & Old Jail Museum) and Duchman Family Winery (in Driftwood). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll the grounds of Texas State Cemetery, get a taste of the local shopping with CAMIBAart Tours, and examine the collection at Zedler Mill.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Austin trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Austin are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Gonzales, Luling, Dick's Classic Garage, Hamilton Pool Preserve, Duchman Family Winery
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Pool Preserve ©
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Dick's Classic Garage ©
Dick's Classic Garage
Duchman Family Winery ©
Duchman Family Winery

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